Last Monday we had the pleasure of hosting a few of our closest friends at Cooper Union’s Great Hall to celebrate the launch of Professor Easterly’s new book, The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor. Paul Romer gave a gracious introduction, and many audience members had the chance to question Bill’s audacious theories in a Q&A at the end of the lecture. Below are just a few selected clips from the evening (Paul’s introduction, Bill on his membership in Authoritarians Anonymous, and his answer to the perennial favorite question: “But What Can I Do?”). To hear more, take a look at the author’s speaking schedule for the next few months which will take him to Boston, DC, the West Coast and London, and of course, read the book.
Tyranny of Experts Book Launch from NYU Devt Research Institute on Vimeo.
Photo courtesy of Jessica Kane. See more photographs from the launch here.
Monday, March 3, 2014
The Great Hall, Cooper Union, New York City
William Easterly will present a short talk on his new book* released on the same date
Featuring an introduction from NYU University Professor Paul Romer
Doors open at 6:00, the trouble begins at 6:30
“No one who starts this book will be able to put it down, or be able to undo its influence on her thinking about the deep determinants of development progress.” – Nancy Birdsall
“Another striking and original success.” – Tyler Cowen
“Tells the extraordinary story of authoritarian development.” – Angus Deaton
*Independent auditors have certified this book does not mention Jeffrey Sachs, nor does it discuss whether foreign aid works.
Bill Easterly responds to Bill and Melinda Gates’ Annual Letter:
Mr Gates says there has been much progress, but that “we’ll need to apply human ingenuity and act on our compassion” to keep it going. Conversely, he equates the idea that “the world is getting worse” to the idea that “we can’t solve extreme poverty and disease”. For Mr Gates, apparently, much depends on what “we” do. But who are “we”, and who put us in charge? Mr Gates seems to have in mind the global elite whose most prominent representatives were this week assembled in Davos: political leaders, business executives, philanthropists, academics and functionaries from international institutions such as the World Bank.
The progress that Mr Gates celebrates is the work of entrepreneurs, inventors, traders, investors, activists – not to mention ordinary people of commitment and ingenuity striving for a better life. Davos Man may not be ready to acknowledge that he does not hold the fate of humanity in his gilded hands. But that need not stop the rest of us.
Read the whole article in the Financial Times (Note to spotters of irony on Twitter: elitist paywall easily defeated by 1-minute free registration). Also, Chris Blattman grades the letter, giving the Harvard dropout an A-.
We were honored to host Angus Deaton last week for a lecture on his brand new book. A standing-only crowd piled in to hear Deaton, Professor of International Affairs and Economics at Princeton, discuss humanity’s “Great Escape” from poverty as well as the troubling health and income inequalities that still persist.
All photos ©NYU Photo Bureau: Prouhansky
Short Clip 1- Some Things That Would Do Good
Short Clip 2- It’s Not About The Money
Short Clip 3- What Is to Be Done about Weak State Capacity?
Join DRI’s partner organization, Africa House, this Thursday, September 27th at 3:30pm for a discussion of youth unemployment and the 2012 African Economic Outlook with Mthuli Ncube,Vice President and Chief Economist of the African Development Bank. The talk will be followed by a wine and cheese reception at 5pm to welcome back to campus NYU students, Africa campus groups and friends of Africa House.
The location is 14 A Washington Mews. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.